Emerald is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013


Pantone’s announcement of its impending Colour of the Year has become almost as much of a Yuletide tradition as family rows and hangovers. 2013, we are told, is going to be all about Emerald, or Pantone 17-5641 to its friends

“This colour will be seen over the next 12 months across the fashion industry, beauty, interiors, plastics & packaging, print and graphic design,” Pantone reliably inform us. And who can doubt them? After all, last year’s Tangerine Tango was simply everywhere wasn’t it? No? Oh well.

Why Emerald for 2013?

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute says: “The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Pantone continues: “The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons now, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet.” Which could be awkward for the colour blind among us.

Apparently, Emerald is also a winner when it comes to beauty products as it “dramatises all eye colours as it beautifully enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasises the green undertone in hazel eyes and intensifies brown eyes to make them appear deeper.”

In case you are doubting the rigour of this process Pantone assures us that “The colour of the year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for colour influences.”

So there you have it: 2013 will be all about Emerald. Good news for Ireland, Kermit and Celtic supporters who now find themselves not only through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League but also at the forefront of fashion.

And just in case you missed them

Here are Pantone’s previous Colour of the Year selections:

· PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
· PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
· PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
· PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
· PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
· PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
· PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
· PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
· PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
· PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
· PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
· PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
· PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

– From Creative Review, posted by Patrick Burgoyne

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